June 24, 2021

Robinson Cano is center of Mets universe with so much at stake (New York Post)

With a wet and chilly Saturday serving as a fitting backdrop, the Mets’ spring training truck posed for one last shot at Citi Field before heading for Port St. Lucie. There, to enhance the photo opportunity, stood three important Mets: Edwin Diaz lowest to the ground, then Robinson Cano, then Jeff McNeil.

Fitting, too, that Cano stood in the middle.

You name a storyline surrounding these 2020 Mets, and you’ll find Cano in the center of it. Hence, one of the key questions for this club can be posed, quite simply: Can the center hold?

“Last year, I got a couple of injuries. I got hit five times in the hands,” Cano said during the Mets’ FanFest. “That’s not an excuse, but it’s not the same when you have pains or anything like that. I went home and prepared, got my legs stronger and tried to prevent what happened last year. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.”

The second baseman discussed this in response to a question of whether he could duplicate his performance with the 2018 Mariners, to which Cano initially smiled and replied: “Yes, for sure. Why not?”

In 80 games with the ’18 Mariners, Cano had a slash line of .303/.374/.471. In 107 games with…

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